Green Bell

Green Bell

Green Bell is a high grassy fell in the north-east of the Howgill Fells and, like nearly all the summits in the area, it is a supreme viewpoint.

Height (m): 605
Height (ft): 1985
Prominence (m): 48
Classification: Dewey
Hill No: 2772
Grid Ref: NY698010
OS Map OL19
No. of Visits 3

Although it is overtopped by Randygill Top just under a mile to the south-west, Green Bell is still very much the overlord of the north-eastern Howgills. As well as the ridge connecting it to Randygill Top, Green Bell throws out a number of ridges of its own.

Green Bell from Hooksey
Green Bell from Hooksey

None of the highest points of these subsidary ridges, West Grain (594m), Hunthoof Pike (524m), Knoutberry (529m) and Grere Fell (544m), gain enough prominence to be classed as summits in their own right. Many do however have in turn their own subsidary tops and ridges, the little known likes of Turn End, Stwarth, Knott and Adamthwaite Bank.

By the cairn on Hunthoof Pike
By the cairn on Hunthoof Pike

Together with Hooksey and Randygill Top, Green Bell surround the head of the valley of Weasdale. The summit is stood some way back from the valley and instead it is the side valley of Great Swindale, which drives deep into Green Bell, which is more prominent in views from the summit.

Green Bell and the head of Great Swindale
Green Bell and the head of Great Swindale

By far the quickest way on to Green Bell is from the top of the minor road from Ravenstonedale to the remote farm at Adamthwaite. At the top of the road there is space to park a couple of cars. From here a number of possibilities are available, the most direct contouring around the slopes of Adamthwaite Bank and Grere Fell before a more direct climb to the summit.

Looking across Adamthwaite Bank to Green Bell from Harter Fell
Looking across Adamthwaite Bank to Green Bell from Harter Fell

Available options in the north include starts from Weasdale or the village of Ravenstonedale. From the former a good path climbs gradually south over Stwarth to pass Hunthoof Pike. Shortly after, at a fork, take the left hand option to gain the summit.

Hunthoof Pike and Green Bell
Hunthoof Pike and Green Bell

From Ravenstonedale a decent path heads south, passing Thornthwaite to gain the slopes of Knoutberry. Here either continue on to the head of Long Gill or, the preferred option, go over the top of Knoutberry itself and on to Green Bell.

Green Bell from Leathgill Bridge
Green Bell from Leathgill Bridge

The ridge route from Randygill Top to Green Bell is on a clear path and, on days of good visibility, is a real joy to walk. The summit of Green Bell is marked by an Ordnance Survey trig point which was built in 1961. Just below the trig point is a rock engraved with initials and the year ‘1953’.

The summit of Green Bell
The summit of Green Bell

All of the summits in the Howgill Fells are spectacular viewpoints and the panorama from the Green Bell is one of the best. To the south are the mass of the Howgills whilst to the north there is a superb view over the historic county of Westmorland towards the Cross Fell range of the North Pennines.

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